On a Saturday morning in March, students from across the state of Vermont wake up extra early and return home wildly late for one amazing thing: theater.

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The cast and crew preparing for the day ahead

The Regional One-Act Festival, hosted by the Vermont Youth Drama Council, is an incredible event that brings schools from all corners of Vermont to share in their love of theater. Each school presents a one-act play while students, teachers, directors, family members, friends, volunteers and more participate as audience members.

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Participating in one of the workshops.

Students learn about different theatrical skills by attending workshops and participating in the Liz Lerman Critical Response forum. The day begins with an opening ceremony and ends with a closing ceremony all with one goal in mind: the celebration of theater.

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Students from all of the schools accepting their awards at the closing ceremony.

This year, BFA Fairfax presented a student-written play called The Renegades. The writers, Annalise Durocher and Isabelle Cullom, respectively assisted with directing and producing the show. Students from grades 8-12 acted, built sets, designed, and collaborated with each other to create this unique piece. The cast and crew handled this experience with maturity, professionalism and a strong sense of community.

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Painting the set at BFA Fairfax.

Many of our students were recognized by the other schools and the festival adjudicators for their wonderful talents in the presentation of our performance. Annalise Durocher and Isabelle Cullom received the Excellence in Writing award, Lily Coleman received the Excellence in Acting award, Madison Fitzgerald received the Excellence in Acting award, Alex Soychak received the Excellence in Acting award, and the entire cast and crew received the Vivid Imagery award.

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On stage during the performance of The Renegades.

Congratulations to Lamoille Union High School and Peoples Academy High School for moving on to the State One-Act Festival! A huge thank you to Dave Gabaree and the students of Peoples Academy for hosting an incredible day of theater for all.

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Cast and crew preparing for the performance with lots of support from each other.

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